Faf du Plessis hopes South
Africa’s recent 5-0 ODI series whitewash of Australia will leave some mental scars when the teams meet in three Tests Down Under next month.
The Proteas squad left for
Australia last night, with Du
Plessis believing the confidence from the series will stand his manne in good stead.
He says: “Most important for me is that the players are in form, regardless of the format. It’s a tough place to play Test cricket, so taking confidence from the one-day series here is important.
“Beating Australia, the way we did, really convincingly, not giving them a sniff, will leave a bit of a scar on them mentally.
“However I appreciate, it’s Test cricket, a different format, they will have a different team.
“So it’s important to start well in that first Test and remind them that we are in the same space as the one-day team, then I think we’ll have a really good tour.”
South Africa will have to deal with a stronger bowling line-up than the Australians brought for the One-Day series, with the leaders of their attack Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood set to return for the Perth opener.
The series includes a first for the Proteas under lights at the Adelaide Oval from November 24. Their preparations for the series will start at the Adelaide Oval next Saturday when South Africa play a two-day match under lights against a local invitation team.